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Jul 7, 2017

Ministers’ Behavior at Inquiry Could See Criminal Charges

John Briceño

On Wednesday afternoon, the People’s United Party in a statement strongly condemned what it called the contemptuous and disrespectful behavior displayed by Ministers Anthony “Boots’ Martinez and Edmond Castro during the Senate Special Select Committee earlier in the day. According to the Opposition, their behavior showed a complete lack of respect for the Senate and for the offices which they hold since they refused to answer most of the questions put to them by members of the Committee. The P.U.P. further noted that they also became progressively contentious and hostile when faced with queries about their roles in the rampant corruption in Immigration. But was that behavior criminal? Today Party Leader John Briceño told us it is something they will look into. He also questioned the silence of Prime Minister Dean Barrow.


John Briceño, Leader, P.U.P.

“I believe that if we are to look at the [Legislative Ordinance (Powers and Privileges) Act], that there is a section in there that can be used to hold both Ministers in contempt of the Senate Select Committee, and I think we should take a look at that and I will be asking our people to take a look at that; and if they can be held in contempt, then maybe will have to pass it on to the D.P.P. But I think what is even most damning is the silence of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, as the person who is in charge of the Government, supposed to be showing the example, leading by example, and he should be able to keep his Ministers in line. Now we’ve had several Ministers misbehave, we have heard several stories; these are the latest ones that we have and we have heard nothing from the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister call them; will the Prime Minister reprimand them; will the Prime Minister change them from the Cabinet?  They have been disgraceful to the U.D.P. party and the U.D.P. Government and to our Government because it is all the Belizeans’ government. And I fear and I am concerned about how the international community is going to look at us when they see the behavior of these two gentlemen at the Senate Select Committee hearing.”

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1 Response for “Ministers’ Behavior at Inquiry Could See Criminal Charges”

  1. Marie says:

    I agree with you Briceno, when people abuse power for their own good and refuse to answer the public questions, there should be special elections in where they will be ousted by the people or reelected. So much drama going on and the UDP Leader has been quiet on everything, looks like he is Quilty.

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